The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew

Book - 2008 | First Harper Trophy edition
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When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.
Audience: 008 and up
Publisher: New York :, HarperTrophy, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2008
Edition: First Harper Trophy edition
Copyright Date: ©1983
ISBN: 9780064405058
Branch Call Number: J LEW
Characteristics: 202 pages : illustrations, colour map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Baynes, Pauline - Illustrator


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May 09, 2021

"The Magician's Nephew" was not the first book that C.S. Lewis wrote for his classic Chronicles of Narnia; but its story is first chronologically, and it often appears first in omnibus editions of the Chronicles. So, as I set out to re-read the series for the first time in 20 years, I elected to begin with this volume.

The story takes place prior to Lewis's iconic "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". A generation passes on Earth between the two novels; but a thousand years separate the two books in Narnia.

This book is the story of Digory and Polly, two children who find themselves transported to another world, tricked there by Diggory’s evil Uncle Andrew - a amateur magician of mediocre skill and dubious morals. When the children return to London, an evil witch queen from the other world follows them intent on ruling the Earth. The children work to drive the witch out of their world.

In this book, we learn answers to questions raised in later books: how Narnia came to be, why some of the animals can talk, how the White Queen came to Narnia and why she was kept from power for so long, why there is a lamp post in the middle of the woods, and why Professor Kirke was unsurprised when he learned that his wardrobe was a portal to another world.

Lewis was fond of including Christianity in his book and this story echoes many of the themes of the Book of Genesis, including representations of God, the Devil, the Creation of the universe, the first man and woman, and even a fruit tree.

You may choose to read the series in chronological order or in publication order (this was #6 of 7 written) or you may read them in any random order you wish. "The Magician's Nephew" is a delightful story on its own, but even more so for those familiar with the other Narnia books.

Mar 14, 2021

Of this book of the Chronicles of Narnia, I wold like to point out the beauty of the narration of The Creation of Narnia.

Feb 09, 2021

"The Magician's Nephew" is the beginning of "The Chronicles of Narnia"; a beautifully allegorical series of 7 books by C.S. Lewis. In this first installment, we find that Digory and Polly discover, Nothing, until it becomes something when transported to another world by rings that Digory's Uncle Andrew created. Of course, compelling circumstances occurred along the way, but it all led to the creation of Narnia.

Honestly, the book started off a bit slow, but it picked up starting with chapter 9. In this chapter, Lewis writes a gorgeous depiction of the 7 days of creation. It was quite exhilarating to read what he pictured it like in a fictional way. It also got me excited because I knew right off the back what that was supposed to be; it made my heart so glad. From that chapter to the rest of the novel, I'd say it was the book's most exciting and intriguing parts.

Lewis was a very descriptive writer, and I loved how every scene brought vivid images to my mind. Something that makes a book great is when I can imagine what happens since I'm a very visual person. I like it when the author is very descriptive because I seem to be able to actually visible something; otherwise, my brain will be confused.

I also very much enjoyed how all the animals could talk. For some reason, those scenes had an "Animal Farm" vibe, which made them quite hilarious and reminded me that this was a fantasy novel. Oh, and I must say that I wish Aslan was real. I would love receive wisdom from him and touch his fur! I definitely know that he will not bit me. ;)

All-in-all, this was a fabulous book! I am excited to enter the wardrobe and explore more of Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." You never know what may happen there!

Nov 07, 2020

The audiobook was good, and if it's the same reader, I'll probably move on to the second book. Yes, I know the whole thing is an allegory, but I'm choosing to ignore that and just enjoy the story. I owned the books as a kid, but never really got into them, so I'm trying again.

May 28, 2020

Another great Narnia story. “The Magician’s Nephew” discusses the origins of Narnia and some of the things that are part of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” story. I still think the latter is my favorite, but this one is great as well!

ArapahoeKristy May 18, 2020

I have always loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but hadn't read The Magician's Nephew in many years. I enjoyed rediscovering the story of how humans first encountered Narnia and the origins of key things that come into play in later stories. Friendship, loyalty, adventure, danger are a few of the elements that come together to make this a great story.

May 06, 2020

Its the book that talks about a amazing WORLD!!!!

JCLSallyT Mar 31, 2020

An origin story full of magic and adventure! This story tells of Digory, Polly, and the rotten Uncle Andrew who tricks them into traveling to other worlds. Here the children discover and explore new worlds and must fix the wrongs they commit. The novel is full of loyalty and doing what's right when temptations stand in your way.

TSCPL_AlexH Jan 08, 2020

I have always loved The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe so I was curious about this story. It did not disappoint. This is a sort of origin story for how Narnia came into existence.

Jul 03, 2019

I enjoyed this book because it was interesting and exciting. I found out that this was the book where all things in Narnia started and the book before the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

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JCLBeckyC Jan 13, 2018

"When you were last here," said Aslan, "that hollow was a pool, and when you jumped into it you came to the world where a dying sun shone over the ruins of Charn. There is no pool now. That world is ended, as if it had never been. Let the race of Adam and Eve take warning." "Yes, Aslan," said both the children. But Polly added, "But we're not quite as bad as that world, are we, Aslan?" "Not yet, Daughter of Eve," he said. "Not yet. But you are growing more like it. It is not certain that some wicked one of your race will not find out a secret as evil as the Deplorable Word and use it to destroy all living things. And soon, very soon, before you are an old man and an old woman, great nations in your world will be ruled by tyrants who care no more for joy and justice and mercy than the Empress Jadis. Let your world beware. That is the warning..."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“You have a traitor there, Aslan," said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he'd been through and after the talk he'd had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn't seem to matter what the Witch said.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

“Things never happen the same way twice.”

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Jun 07, 2013

Polly and Digory become friend and Digory's uncle who sends them to a forest with many pools with magical rings. The jump into a pool and Digory rings a bell and wakes up an old Queen. The Queen accidentally comes home with them when they put on a different ring. The Queen goes around London with Digory's uncle and creates craziness. Then they all ,including a horse and caddy, try to take the Queen home. They end up in a place that is all dark. They hear a lion singing and witness the creation of Narnia. Some animals are chosen to talk and the horse is one of them. Digory goes to talk to the lion about saving his mother and is sent on a quest for a silver apple with Polly and the now talking winged horse. Meanwhile, Digory's uncle is captured by the animals and chooses to hear barking and growling instead of talking. The Queen is in the garden where the silver apple is and she is eating one. Digory is tempted but does not eat it and brings it back to the lion. The apple is planted, Digory's uncle sleeps, the King and Queen (the caddy and his wife) are crowned, and Digory takes an apple from the new tree to save his mom. Digory plants the apple core in London, and when it is knocked down by a big storm it is created into a wardrobe which is placed in a large house where Digory now lives since his family became rich when a rich relative dies. And that is where the magic begins!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 23, 2012

The Magician's Nephew brings the reader back to the origins of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer stumble into different worlds by experimenting with magic rings made by Digory's uncle. They encounter Jadis (The White Witch) in the dying world of Charn, and witness the creation of Narnia. Many long-standing questions about the world are answered as a result.


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